On the banks of the Sundays River lies Colchester, a mere 20 minute drive from the coastal town of Port Elizabeth. The area is largely unspoilt and surrounded by sand dunes that date back around 100 000 years.

These historic dunes are abundant with wildlife – bushbuck, grysbok, bush pig and smaller fauna. Book a river cruise along the Sundays River and enjoy the wide variety of waders, kingfisher, heron, duck and colonies of Cape and masked weavers. The Colchester salt pans are also home to the flamingo, African pied avocet and blue crane. Birding enthusiasts should definitely include Colchester in their itinerary.

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Suggested Activities En-Route

Sundays River Adventures

Addo Wildlife

Segways PE

Richmond Hill Brewing Company

Suggested Restaurants En-Route

Cosmos Cuisine

Cattle Baron

Old Austria

Coffee and Kids Company

Suggested Accommodation En-Route


Homestead B&B

River Road Guest House

Abalone Guest House

Colchester is a gateway into the iconic Addo Elephant National Park – a magnet for international and local tourists alike. Visitors to the park can experience a diverse range of wildlife including the famous Addo elephants. With the National Park extending to the coast and neighbouring islands, the species list is extended into include several endangered marine species such as African Jackass Penguin, Cape Gannet, Great White Shark and Southern Right Whale.

Colchester residents remain proud of their heritage. Colchester was named after the oldest town in the United Kingdom, apparently challenging Port Elizabeth as a port just over a century ago. The vision for Colchester’s future was an engineer from Westminster who envisaged Colchester as the railway hub for the Eastern Cape Province. Today Colchester residents are content to enjoy their rich natural heritage which has been preserved due to the unique flow of the river.